Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, summery orange color. Over two fingers of off-white head, and boy is it frothy. It looks like clouds. It laces like a dream too: walls of it wearing a spindly crown. Lovely.

Rayon Vert starts off smelling quite like an Orval: lemony and lightly funky and grassy. As it warms up the hops start revealing some more tropical fruit aromas, but more importantly the years begins to dominate things. The yeast strain throws out plastic and banana peel as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The phenols are nearly out of control. This beer doesn't smell like band-aids -- it smells like a dentist's office. It smells so much of latex and sterilization and even the slight metallic tang of the hops approximates a dental tool. It's not unpleasant, but it isn't great either. This beer would have a more refined aroma if the yeast were reigned in.

The hops hit right up front (as they should in what is ostensibly still an IPA) with a lemon/pineapple/peach flavor. That sounds better than it tastes; it's a bit muddled and not very vibrant. Grassy, steely hop flavors line the sides of the tongue. The phenols, however, are too aggressive. It's very plastic-y and astringent, in a way that somehow diminishes/works against the hop flavor. This does have a healthy amount of Brettanomyces on the finish, which I appreciate. I'm scoring it a 4.0 for the style (of which I find there are few great examples), but it's really more of a 3.5.

The mouthfeel is fine, I guess, for an IPA with Belgian tendencies. It's dry and lively with carbonation. It works. Overall, though, this is a beer in need of some refinement. It's reasonably tasty, but it mimics Orval without capturing it's true refinement and magic. It's probably the best American attempt at capturing Orval, for what it's worth.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from a four-pack bought at Whole Foods, New Orleans, for $8.99. No bottle date.

A: Poured from an undated (so pre-May 2012) bottle into a wine glass. The color is surprising: a deep, opaque gold -- the color of a good IPA, really -- although the head is unmistakably a Belgian head. Big, creamy, and dense with froth. Untouched, the head sits there for a good three minutes before sinking into the beer. Strangely for a yeasty beer, there isn't much obvious carbonation. A thick lacing clings to the glass throughout. A great looking beer.

S: You smell citrus and you smell brett. Oranges and grapefruit lead the fruit charge immediately after poured, then peaches come out when the beer warms. Brett fades as it warms. Smells dry and sweet.

M: Not a strong point for me. For a beer that doesn't demonstrate a ton of carbonation, it's somewhat active in the mouth, though it pales in comparison to Orval's intense carbonation attack. Rayon Vert is light, and creamier than I'd like. Swish it around much and it feels like foam. It ends with a bitter, not unpleasant film of yeast in the mouth.

T: Citrus up front that spreads into a unique blanket of evolving yeast. The back end is pretty bitter for this style -- very California. It changes a lot in the mouth. More agressive than Orval, which is probably its best comparison.

O: This beer has created some heat in the BA forums lately, despite good but not exceptional scores, and it's clear why. Rayon Vert is an important American beer. Sure, it's not Orval's refined perfection, but it's a Californian take on a sort of uncategorizable Belgian style. It's also widely available for about $2.50/bottle, or about half the price of Orval and most other brett beers. I can't think of a similar American beer that's available in four- or six-packs.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated. Huge head. Golden orange color.

Funky aroma. Grainy and a little papery. (Hard to describe.) Lots of hops, though.

Fruity flavor from the yeast. Maybe a little bubble gum. Nice bitterness. Complex flavor.

Medium bodied. Very, very carbonated. The carbonation is appropriate for the style, I suppose. But, I don't like it so much.

An interesting beer. Makes me want to explore this style more.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a big, 3+ fingers of off white had.

Smell. Sour funk, some sweet red apples and sweet citrus fruits.

Taste. Funky yeast and brett, some bitter citrus rind and spoiled fruit, old running shoes comes to mind.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body and strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice bold experiment here. The tastes don't work especially well togethe but I still enjoyed it as something different.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a four pack that was $9 I believe. I've been avoiding Green Flash beers due to the lack of bottle dating, change to four-packs, and price hikes but this one sounded very interesting so I broke my boycott. Bright orange at first and then very hazy as the yeast makes its way into the glass. Little bit of head and a little lace on the glass. The smell is fruit, slight hops and a very subtle hint of the brettanomyces yeast, not bad. The flavor is a little fruity and then a hint of bitterness that reminds me of aspirin without being offensively medicinal. Sort of dry on the tongue too. Overall? good enough that after buying a single I went back for a couple more four-packs.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Unknown Date. This was a gusher as soon as the cap came off. Four fingers of head mellows out to reveal spotty lacing. Life-like effervescence. The beer is slightly faded, hazy orange.

Nose offers ripe red apples, banana, vinegar, phenols, pepper, plastic, pencil shavings, light fruity hop character.

Very subdued hop presence upfront, wax, unique medicinal flavors, semi sweet grain, finishes with complex Brett bitterness.

Smooth, champagne-like carbonation, medium body, long finish.

Very interesting beer. Must try for anyone looking for a readily available Brett fix.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Rock island snifter.

A: Crystal clear orange until the yeast is poured. Epic off-white head is soapy and sticks around; minimal lace though.

S: Big fruity notes, citrus pith, lemon, hints of banana. Peppery spices, flowery, clean grain, Belgian yeast. Juniper? Hints of herbs, evergreen. Brett sweetness with a decent amount of tartness.

T: Lots of mandarin orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, banana, peppery spice, almost to the point of being herbal. Lemon, fresh flowers, juniper berries and cardamom. Brett, clean grain, light sweetness with underlying tartness.

MF: Creamy medium body, dryer tart finish.

O: Really decent brew, this suits me more than Orval did. There is a nice peppery, tart, fruity component.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with straw colored hues beneath the massive, foamy white head that is very slow to dissolve.

Aromas of generous Belgian yeast, faint citrus and a touch of spice float from the glass.

Tart apple or pear in the flavor! Again generous yeast and perhaps a touch of straw or grass.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A nice American version of a traditional Belgian that is easy to drink and pleasant on the palate.

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Photo of marvin213
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This come out a little heavy and heady, but its pale yellow with a darker tinge is true to form. Hesitating to wipe my head and stick a finger in it, I wait for it to settle.

The nose is almost saisonish: a lemony lime peel zest with coriander and ginger. Interesting and, like I said, zesty, but a little off-putting like a fresh whiff of voluminous coriander seed.

Most important, however, is that it tastes good. I do sense those flavors and the ginger is there like slices with sushi from Teeter. The Belgian lemon zest is also there, and it's really a neat and novel concoction of flavors.

That aforementioned lemon peel zing offers a very nice mouthfeel, and the zing adds a perfect palate cleanser. Prelude to a sour?

A neat and welcome addition to the Green Flash Fleet--picked this up at Brawley's--particularly since the West Coast IPA went the way of wood left rotting with the pursuit of the 4-pack (anybody else feel similar slippage since they made that change--really, an ingredient difference?). Ive only seen it once on that most recent pilgrimage to Brawley's, but I'll definitely pick up another foursome if and when I see it again

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Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that just never seems to go away. The body is a cloudy sunburst orange amber with a decent amount of small carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing covers the glass like a January snow drift.

Fruity Belgian yeast aromas are the first and strongest character in the nose. Notes of sour, green apple, pineapple, and banana. Sour and rather funky, the nose has a lot more Belgian than Pale Ale.

Belgian yeast with notes of lemon peel and banana meets a slightly spicy hop flavor that carries notes of wood and cinammon. As the beer is swallowed, the fruity Belgian flavors quickly fade to dry, floral hops flavors. After, a sharp bite is expected as a finish but never comes. A slight bitterness persists in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a crisp, clean swallow and dry finish. The body is a bit sticky and is definitely coating but is far from syrupy. The carbonation seems a bit weak at first but is definitely helping this beer's drinkability. A little more carbonation would be nice but isn't necessary.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows passion fruit and gooseberries. Also very noticeable are funky, horse-blanket notes. A great mix of hops and brett.
Very similar flavours with more fruity hops and slightly tart brett notes, creating a very refreshing start. The fruit and acidity quickly fades however, leaving plain cardboard and bready notes.
Carbonation is a little full on for my liking.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the sample, Mario --

A: Glowing, unfiltered orange. A careful pour yields a massive three finger white head. It takes a minute for the head to fade. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: Yep, that's brett alright. Yet there's a floral undertone to it. A pinch of wet metal throws off the background profile.

T: The brett hit first. It isn't acutely intense, as it fades a bit on the mid, allowing a mild amount of west coast hops to invade the taste buds. The finish is dry, and features a welcome dose of malt, which balances the beer. Really a complex little number.

M: Incredibly creamy for a wild ale. It's frothy and thick, yet approachable and easy to drink.

O: You can check the box marked "win", as Green Flash has produced a sure fire, everyday funk fix for those in need. I couldn't see myself knocking back more then one in a sitting, but it's none the less a well put together brew, and something I can easily recommend.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking in my Le Merle goblet—hazy, glowing orange with a good dollop of white foam. Head retention and lacing is good.

Smell is bretty! Having had enough brett beers now, this aroma is unmistakable. And there’s not a lot else going on. Pepper, lemon, funk. I like it.

Flavor is a whole lotta brett, too! In fact, I’m initially thinking it’s the sole dimension to this beer. A lot of white pepper flavor, plus some lemon tart, and just a bit o’ herbal hop and cracker malt in the finish. Not especially complex. Finishes with a big pepper bite and dryness leaving me wanting more.

Body is just what I’d hope for in this style: high carbonation yielding a velvety texture and a weightlessness to an otherwise strong beer.

Overall I like it but am not wowed by it. I’m really curious to age this and see how it develops over time, so I will probably buy more for that purpose. Otherwise I think there are better brett beers out there, though maybe not this inexpensive.

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Photo of tmzl
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A lot of carbonation, too much - tends to happen with brett, Huge, rocky, white head with big bubbles at start. There was so much foam that I couldn't pour the whole bottle at once. And on the second pour the head got even more ridiculously. The head has a very slow retention, mostly stays (thick layer) - well a fucking mountain with a big valley stayed. Had to wait for a while to even start to drink. Leaves behind good amount of random lacing. Color is golden amber with some haze. Looks light, fizzy and quite alive.

Smell: Berry, cherry, forest fruits acidity. Musty, funk. A relatively strong medicinal note with some pine, floral and herbal notes to follow. Light caramel sweetness. Everything makes a sharp, fresh, complex and interesting combo.

Taste: Funk (mostly leathery) steps up a notch and acidity tuned a bit down. Nice light caramel backbone followed with medium pine, grapefruit bitterness which stays for a while. Still some medicinal notes and some metallic ones come with a few sips. Light herbal, floral notes hidden beneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels less because of relatively high carbonation. Dry.

Overall: Well, yes, it's a Belgian ale. Some mix of bitter, light sour and gueuze. Carbonation flew too high on this one, the funk is fun and dynamic, medicinal part kinda off but overall complex and interesting one.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to acviencko for leaving this at my apartment

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with some darker orange hues. Thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass.

Funky and musty in the nose with some touches of lemon peel. Hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness.

Somewhat floral up front with some soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw/biscuit backbone. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This had a nice combo of funky and tart with some other balancing flavors - definitely something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It foamed up quickly in the pour with lots of head. The body is cloudy medium straw colored.
The aroma is a spicy lemon and pine candy smell, pretty nice though.
It has a bold pine bitterness up front, followed by mild citrus sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Besides the super-foamy head, it's a really great drink.

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Photo of gtermi
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a middy golden brown with a white head. This beer has a HUGE head on it. It slowly fades and looks like the head of a coke float. There is a lot of lace left on the glass. A very nice looking beer

S: This beer has a strong basil and spices scent to it with also a bit of hops. It honestly almost smells like a pasta I have had once at La Madeline, very nice.

T: Again I am getting the basil and spices that I got in the smell. The taste has a decent amount of hops which give it a nice piney taste. It tastes too much like pizza for my tasting though. The taste

M: There is almost no crispness to this beer at all. It is beyond smooth and is very easy to drink.

O: I know I talked a lot about italian food in my review, but this beer tastes so much like a pizza or pasta. I wish it was toned down a little bit in the taste, but everything else in the beer is very awesome. Maybe I will age the other ones and see what this beer does with time.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured fairly slowly from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Apparently bottled on July 2012. Yes, a little over a year ago. Oh well, here goes.

Big frothy white head which crowned over the pint glass. Body was pale orange, somewhat cloudy, but with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Overall, looking very nice indeed. The lacing, well, clumps really, hung all over the glasss. Head, though eventually less than 1/2 inch, retained throughout

Most of what I got from the nose was spices, nutmeg I think. Also a fairly strong bready yeast smell.

Taste was just a bit jarring. The spices hung stongly on the back of the mouth, which was a little over medium. Eventually, the palate got used to it, and the second half went down quite smoothly.

Overall, an interesting beer, which I would likely have again. Certainly not a "slamming" beer, but one to take time and muse over. I have another in the fridge, and will likely try to pour it as slowly as possible, in order to try and avoid any cloudiness at all, just to see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refrigerated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark golden-orange in color with some lively carbonation. A big fluffy head on this one.

The smell upfront is hoppy and spicy with some musty undertones. Tangerine, pineapple, ripe banana, clove and a bit of rye bread come through. As it warms up, the Brett funk really comes out. Not only does this evolve in the bottle, but it evolves in the glass as well.

The taste of citrusy hops and belgian spiciness leads off, much like the aroma. Solid malt presence, leaning toward a belgian strong pale or strong dark. Nice musty/funky yeast component that gains ground on the hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a lightness provided by the carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Overall this one is a winner. A hopped-up belgian pale with a nice combination of tangy flavors and high drinkability.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy dark orange color with an absolute beast of a head. It took a while for it to settle and it eventually did at about a 1/2 finger and left a ton of lacing.

S: Brett is the first thing that jumps out here. When I first poured, I smelled some band-aids also, but luckily that smell faded quickly. Some hints of stonefruit, jasmine and some other indistinguishable floral notes. Slight hints of grassy hops.

T: The brett is definitely there but it's nice and light and allows some light fruit flavors, grassy hops and some bready malt to come through. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty good stuff though.

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Photo of farrago
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big head that initially fills a quarter of the glass, very fine and delicate foam of eggshell white, much better retention than expected albeit with minimal stickiness to the lacing. Cloudy liquid with a strong orange rust metallic coloration, perhaps a light brown tint while more yellow at the rims, loosely assembled but large bubbles rise swiftly throughout. Yeast, flowers, orange peel, wheat germ, apples and pears comprise most of the nose, some earthiness but not really as funky as one might expect, good density but lacks staying power. Full-bodied, here in the mouth it’s creamy and bottom heavy, sinks deeply into the palate. Develops a peppery kick as well as added grassiness, supports the tartness of the orange, lemon citrus and clove. Vague minerally aspect but, again, clean on the whole. Dry, the pear, peach, apple fruit feels cellar dried, most of the sweet juiciness gone. Manages to not appear overtly hoppy nor malty, minimal breadiness or doughiness. The citrus outlasts the rest. More interesting than pleasurable, little is casual about it.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again.

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Photo of plbirder
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy head with an aroma of bananas and other fruit. Slightly hoppy with lots of fruit flavor. slightly bitter after taste. There's some complexity in this brew that I have a hard time pinpointing but thats what makes it interesting Overall an interesting beer that I would have again. New to this review thing, doing my best.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy straw yellow/orange with some particles. A massive white head. Big bubbly lacing. Careful on the pour with this one.

S- I get a big spiciness up front. There is a lot of fruit here. Citrus tones from the hops and a tiny bit a darker fruit. Certainly an intriguing smell on this one.

T- This is a weird one, that's for sure. There is a ton of carbonation up front. The taste, is very fruity, the is some west coast hops in here for sure giving it a citrus and piney taste. The yeast gives this beer a really spicy taste and feel and is very crisp on the finish. The taste is a strange sour hay flavor that im trying to decide just how much I enjoy it.

M- This beer has insane carbonation, at times it was too much. The yeast really gives this beer a full silky feel which is quite nice.

O- This is pretty decent beer, very unique to say the least. I don't know how old my bottle is and if this beer is "constantly evolving" there's no telling here. I would be interested in trying a fresh and aged one side by side just to see the difference. As of now, i am not quite sold on Brett.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall fluffy pitted bone white head over pale yellow body.
Big white vinegar nose with some barnyard and no real hops.
Baguette breadiness, apricot, a tart yeast hit and light tangerine hops.
Fruit salad finish and tingly herbal linger.
Light to medium, round, slight cling, fizzy.

Far more Belgian (and wild) than San Diego, which I don't expect from Green Flash. Hops are just missing, really. Even as a Belgian pale, do I need quite so much Brett?

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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